Transferring primary domain controller roles to a Windows server 2012 Core Virtual Server.

Dear Experts,

I wondering how to transfer all the primary domain controller roles to another newly created virtual server. I am in a planning to change my hardware by replacing to Virtual machine.

Currently 2 Bare metal servers running for
a) Primary domain controller - WS2012 (
b) secondary domain controller (

I already created 3 Virtual machines for transfer.
a) DomainController_01 -WS2012 (Hosted on a clusternode_01)
b) DomainController_02 -WS2012 (Hosted on a clusternode_02)
c) DomainController_03 (Core) - WS2012 (Hosted in Cluster, decided to strip down core to reduce resources).

Please guide me how to transfer complete roles and all these virtual machines. How to make a VM as Primary domain controller.

Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAsked:
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Manjunath SulladTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Its recommended that, You need to run Primary domain controller / server holding FSMO rolses, on physical servers,

Refer below URL for more info:

If you would like to trasfer pridary DC to virtual forcefully,

1. Install ADDS service on VM server (Integrated with DNS)

2. Move FSMO roles to Physical to VM servers.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
easy to transfer fsmo roles using the command line using ntdsutil

Using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer or seize FSMO roles to a domain controller
Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
There wont be any issue once after exchanging IP of existing to Newly created domain controller (with FSMO roles)?

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Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
Because I know there wont be any issue. Am asking suggestions actually about that ..
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